Asus Brings First QD Laptop to Market

The Asus Zenbook NX500 (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 23), which uses a 3M quantum dot enhancement film, is now on sale. It costs $2,700, but Asus notes that it is a limited edition model.

The NX500 is the first notebook ever to use a quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF) from 3M. The QDEF enables 100% NTSC, 108% Adobe RGB and 146% sRGB coverage. The 15.6″ display also has UltraHD resolution (282ppi) and uses optical bonding.

Asus has fitted the NX500 with a quad-core Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 850M graphics. It features USB 3.0 (x3) ports as well as WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

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At SID, Bob commented that the NX500 had the best notebook display that he had ever seen.

We expect quantum dots to be one of the major topics at CES this year. They have interesting applications in mobile products, as they can be used to raise the colour gamut of the display efficiently, saving energy and extending battery life. Samsung and LG are also producing new TVs using the technology. Sony, of course, has been producing QD-LCD TVs for two years (Display Monitor Vol 20 No 3).

Samsung hopes to use QDs to ‘fill in’ for its lack of OLED TVs, as the yield rates of its own RGB OLED production method have not yet been brought up to a level at which they can compete with LG’s WOLED technology. (TA)